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FRINGE REVIEW – Bound, Noosfeer

*****

By Susanna Mulvihill Trapped in a box car on a freight train bound for Roseville, California, three hobos who are freezing and desperate, explore the concept of freedom in this production by Antwerp’s Noosfeer VZW. The central figure is Quinn (Dries Beugels), son to one of his companions – a slightly touched vagrant by the […]

FRINGE REVIEW – As You Like It

*****

By Danielle Farrow There is a lovely sense of welcome as you enter the space for As You Like It, with Touchstone greeting you personally and performing a magic trick for different sections of the audience while a saxophonist plays. This links to the conversion made that has turned the Forest of Arden into a […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Arkle Theatre Co – The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

*****

By Susan and Helen McNaughton When searching the Fringe Programme for suitable material for a mother-and-teenage-daughter night out, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice seemed an appropriate choice, dealing as it does with the central characters’ mother/daughter relationship. The stage at the Royal Scots Club provided an ideal venue for this show – with […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Sleepwalk Collective, Amusements

*****

By Jen McGregor There’s a lot to admire in this technically accomplished piece from Sleepwalk Collective. Plunged into darkness, the audience is addressed via individual sets of headphones. Iara Solano Arana’s honeyed voice talks about our biological reactions to particular stimuli – how her speech is just a series of electrical impulses in our brains, […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Aunty Myra’s Fun Show, Voodoo Rooms

*****

Rotherham’s finest export since Jive Bunny, Aunty Myra is a children’s entertainer without equal. Fortunately. The conceit of Myra Dubois’ enjoyably caustic hour at the Voodoo Rooms is that she has realised the best way to get regular work is to establish herself as ‘Aunty Myra’ and perform for children’s parties. And whilst her acerbic […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Resonant Science, Marvellous Medicine

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By Debbie Cannon Marvellous Medicine, the début show from Resonant Science at theSpaces @ Surgeons’ Hall offers an entertaining and likeable 45 minute tour through the science of bacteria and inoculation. And while its target audience may be children, the grown-ups seemed to be enjoying themselves just as much as their youngsters. This whistle-stop trip […]

FRINGE REVIEW – This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

*****

Barry Ferns changed his name to Lionel Ritchie by deed poll in 2007 to enable him to list his show in the Fringe programme – This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie. Every day he carries up 19kg of equipment to the top of Arthur’s Seat in whatever conditions the Edinburgh weather throws at him. […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Rhys Darby – This Way to Spaceship

*****

“There are three career options if you live in New Zealand; rugby, farming or Lord of the Rings,” Rhys Darby faithfully informs us. Best known for his role as Murray Hewitt, the band manager of cult series Flight of the Conchords, Darby returns to the Fringe with This Way to Spaceship, an eclectic show which […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

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By the Mulvihill family review team The Horrible History franchise, through both the 40-odd published books and the popular BBC TV series, will be familiar to anyone who has had kids in the last ten years. There’s even an open top tour bus in Edinburgh that offers a Horrible Histories’ audio guide for children. It […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Magician’s Daughter

*****

By Danielle Farrow Little Angel Theatre, in association wit the Royal Shakespeare company, presents Michael Rosen’s story, The Magician’s Daughter, with puppetry and music. Two performers play mother Miranda (daughter of Shakespeare’s magician Prospero) and daughter Isabella, while also singing, playing musical instruments and animating puppets, including Ariel, Caliban and Prospero’s magic staff, broken in […]